Our Top 5 ways to Kick start your new Fitness Regime
Whether you are totally new to the gym or you just need a bit of a boost after the summer holidays here are my top five tips to help you get back into the swing of things:
1. Take the first step.
This is by far the hardest part and it doesn’t even necessarily matter what it is, it simply needs to move you closer to getting back into your regime. For many of our clients it’s simply booking in for their initial consultation. This is totally terrifying for some but it is the single most difficult part of getting started. If you are a runner and you have let your aerobic fitness slip a little over the summer know that the first run will be the worst. When we take a break, naturally our fitness levels may drop a little but equally they will return an awful lot faster when you have a training history.
2. Take some time to consider and plan your new routine.
So the kids may have started at a new school, yourself or your partner may have changed jobs, you may have moved house: any of these changes will require you to create a new routine. If you have to travel further to do your weekly shop you will have to put a few hours aside for this, you may need to find a new place to train or change your schedule. Life is going to change but there comes a time when we have to prioritise.
3. Get the family on board.
When creating this new routine see if you can involve the family or your friends and multitask. Go for a walk and catch up with friends at the same time. Take the kids for a cycle at the weekend. Exercise and socialising with friends and/or family don’t have to be mutually exclusive. It comes down to making activity and movement as much a part of your life as eating and sleeping. We weren’t designed to watch Netflix for hours on end or sit at a laptop all day. Make movement part of your life and the lives of those you love. You will all benefit.
4. Re-focus on positive habit.
Just because we may have relaxed our regime a little, doesn’t mean it was a total disaster. Have you taken up any positive habits? Often we walk more during the long evenings or perhaps you have been eating more light salads with the warmer weather? Sometimes we rekindle our love for swimming during the summer or find ourselves drinking more water. Try to keep these habits up and incorporate them into your new schedule. You may need to change things around a little but you can definitely find time for them.
5. Create a long term approach.
Things will change and life will happen. The key is being able to adapt from season to season and day to day. Try and make this as easy as possible for yourself by fostering good habits, getting your family and friends involved and considering the long term benefits of being fit and health, not just the scale but the benefits in terms of longevity and quality of life.
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